Fr. Mario Pacifici, the founding trustee of Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust has asked students from Andiamo Education Institutions to love prayer.
Fr. Mario:We expect you to be examples
Speaking during the Sunday Mass that is celebrated every Sunday in the AEI Cafeteria, Fr. Mario bemoaned the tendency of some students who are either late for mass or chose to stay in the hostels not attending mass altogether.
He also stressed on the need for management to see that all the students have time to pray in their respective denominations.
“You must make sure that these students have time to pray,” advised Fr. Mario.
This follows another chat he had with some students who are on scholarship on Friday 2 March 2012.
Fr. Mario asked the students to be exemplary, as they should consider themselves ‘lucky’ for getting the sponsorship.
“We expect you to be examples to other students in our campus, as you should be aware of the privilege you have for being sponsored,” Fr Mario said this after receiving reports that the behaviour of some supported students leaves a lot to be desired.
He asked them not to miss the opportunity ‘given with sacrifice’ by Italian friends of Andiamo, but to use the scholarship for their future and that of the nation.
During the 30 minute meeting, the founding trustee shared with the students two readings from the Bible from II Peter 1:10 and I Thessalonians 2:19.
About thirty-one students from different denominations get sponsorship from Italy through Andiamo’s twin Italian association “Orizzonte Malawi Onlus”. Through this many students who could not afford to get Secondary Education are able to do so.
Andiamo Education Institutions (AEI) students planted 1000 trees in Balaka at Andiamo Campus on 11 February 2012 as one way of restoring the natural beauty which was carelessly destroyed. The function was organized by Wildlife Club of AEI, and in attendance were representatives from all the sections of Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust.
one of the student planting a tree
Isaiah Kaliponda, the Chairperson of the club said that it is the aim of the club to make sure that the natural resources are being taken care of and where trees were cut down should be replanted. He added that trees play a very important role in human beings by providing good oxygen and also makes our country looks beautiful.
Balaka District Forest Officer Mr Kamwendo, who was the Guest of Honour at the function, thanked the students and Andiamo Youth Cooperative Trust for being concerned with the way people have carelessly cut down trees.
“40 years back people were living healthy lives. Trees were everywhere and they were breathing clean oxygen but because of industrial revolution, the good air has been polluted and people are not protected to this bad air.Because of this problem, babies are being born with different abnormality and people are experiencing some strange health problems but we can restore the good environment we had years back by planting more trees in our areas,” said Mr Kumwenda.
Andiamo Executive Director Andrew Galeta, encouraged youths to continue taking part in tree planting as it also attracts tourists and also help in the formation of rain. He took time to advise those who are pursuing Carpentry and Joinery course to be in the forefront in planting more trees as their job involves the use of timber which comes from these trees.
Also present at the function was Don Cesare and the Coordinator of AEI.
In a related development, Fr Mario lost his cool on 13 February when he noticed that some of the ground workers mistakenly cut down a big mango tree that had survived for some years in the AEI campus. Like in the “Lost Sheep” parable, Fr. Mario wondered how some people could think of cutting a matured mango tree when the Trust is busy planting more trees.